Defense Digest - January 2011

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
1. Israeli Bandage Used in Tucson Shooting by First Responders2. Hunter UAV Reaches 100,000 Flight Hours3. New Israeli Military Technology Speeds Up Warfare4. $486 Million Million Contract for LITENING Targeting Pods5. U.S. Submarine Makes Port Call in Haifa FPO photo

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1. Israeli Bandage Used in Tucson Shooting by First Responders

First responders on the scene of the horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona, used an emergency bandage that was developed by the Israeli Defense Forces, The Washington Post reported. The bandage, a strip of gauze that contains a substance that coagulates blood on contact, helped the first responders treat the victims. “The emergency bandage has saved time and lives and is well on its way to being one of the greatest assets emergency personnel can have,” Bob Scavelli of the U.S. Army (Ret.) has said.
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2. Hunter UAV Reaches 100,000 Flight Hours
Northrop Grumman’s Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has reached the milestone of 100,000 flight hours, the company announced. More than 70 percent of those hours were flown in combat. Hunter, which was developed by Israel, was the U.S. Army’s first fielded unmanned aerial system.
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3. New Israeli Military Technology Speeds Up Warfare
Israel is quickly gaining ground it in its C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) capabilities, the Associated Press reported. The improvements are aimed at quickening the military’s response time. “Strikes that used to take 20 or more minutes to coordinate now take just seconds,” said Maj. Hagai Ben-Shushan, head of the C4I section for Israel's artillery.

4. $486 Million Million Contract for LITENING Targeting Pods 
The Department of Defense has awarded Northrop Grumman a $486 million contract for the Israeli-developed LITENING Targeting Pod, the Pentagon announced. The targeting pods are for such aircraft as the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, and B-52. LITENING pod is a self-contained, multi-sensor system that enhances pilots’ surveillance and situational awareness. It also improves their ability to detect, acquire, identify, and auto-track targets for highly accurate delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons.

5. U.S. Submarine Makes Port Call in Haifa 
The USS Toledo, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, recently returned to its home port after its deployment, which included a port call in Haifa, Israel, in December, WFSB in Hartford reported. The submarine had conducted operations in support of African Command and Central Command. The stop came on the heels of a previous port call by the USS Vella Gulf, a guided missile cruiser. The USS Toledo has 139 officers and crew members.


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